Kupwara April 13: After the firing incident in Handwara, tensions have run high in Kashmir valley. According to sources, as part of legal action, a police Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) has been suspended for opening fire on the mob in Handwara which was protesting against a case of molestation. The firings had led to the death of two protesting youth, one of whom was a budding cricketer and a woman who was allegedly hit by a bullet in the fields she was working in.
The mob which was being dispersed was pelting stones at an army bunker and had gone berserk and that is when the protesters were killed.
The angry locals had been protesting an alleged case of molestation of a local girl by an army personnel. The official statement of the girl was released by the Army earlier today. However, the Army has ordered an inquiry into alleged case of molestation.
Mehbooba in a statement said the security personnel involved in the fire which resulted in the death of three people will be given exemplary punishment as such incidents cannot be tolerated since these have a “negative impact” on the state government’s efforts to consolidate peace efforts.
The security forces must exercise maximum restraint and adhere to the Standing Operating Procedure (SOP) while dealing with the public protests as incidents of innocent killings cannot be tolerated, she said, while expressing solidarity with the families of the two youth.
There is complete shutdown in Kashmir Valley to protest against the killings. All shops and business establishment are closed and public transport is also off the roads.
Fearing trouble the Jammu and Kashmir government has imposed restrictions around six police stations in Srinagar city. Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have been deployed at vital places in Srinagar to stop any untoward incident.